Dec 5, 2012 6:00am EST
talking about every morning here since the election. fiscal cliff, big, big issue. there are now, it seems, growing numbers of people on both the right and the left who would like to see us just go over that fiscal cliff. how big of a problem would that be? >> that would be a big problem. i actually still believe that those -- the democrats, the administration, republicans in the final analysis don't want to see that happen. they do understand that not only would that present a problem in the near term as we went over the cliff at the end of the year, but we still then have the whole debt ceiling fight that would transpire shortly into the new year. the issue isn't simply the negative result of going over the cliff, but it's also that business, consumers, everybody continues to hold back on the uncertainty. and we believe the economy is pretty well positioned potentially in 2013 if we can put this behind us. so i think a lot of what's going on is what you would expect to see in this negotiation, very public negotiation, which is not the best way to do it. i think at some point, the preside
Dec 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
type of constitution in which the people can have a say in electing their government. and where the countries then are put on a more stable footing. because once that goes, then what? so this is fantastically difficult. once you lift the lid off these very repressive regimes and out comes all this religious and tribal tension, we have to find a way to stabilizing the situation and bring the bloodshed to an end. >> elsewhere in the region, egypt right now, we're seeing these protesters, these anti-mohammed morsi protesters moving closer and closer towards the presidential pass palace in cairo. they're concerned about what morsi is doing as far as democracy in egypt. how worried are you about the situation in egypt? >> i think egypt is key to the region, so the answer is, you've got to be extremely worried when you see instability affecting egypt. this is, again, the birth pangs of proper democracy in some ways, but this struggle is immensely important. obviously what's important in these countries where they've moved to a democratic system is that there is a clear understanding t
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
? he was just re-elected. why couldn't he put together a package, a deal to avoid this disaster? >> i think this is a question of political leadership. and as that poll showed, there's no doubt that the president has the political advantage going into this. but at some point, and i think we're kind of getting close to it, the president has to be able to pivot and to say how do i turn this political advantage into a real policy accomplishment? and, wolf, i don't think you're going to do that with continued campaign style events like we just saw meeting with middle class families. okay. we get that. that occurred during the campaign. the white house has clearly gotten its message out. i think now there has to be a next step. you know, timing is everything in politics. and this is absolutely no different. what i'm getting from talking to some democrats on the hill is i think there's actually a lot of pent up anger and frustration among democrats how they feel republicans were obstructionist for the last four years. there's a little bit of payback going on here. they've got the advantage.
Dec 4, 2012 11:00am PST
will get us jobs. >> your fellow georgian and your fellow republican saxby champ business who is up for re-election, he has committed himself to working with the democrats, to try to resolve some of the critical tax and spending issues. do you think he's played a constructive role here? >> well, what i do know is that what the voters on november 6th said is that we don't want ruling by one party. we want divided government. what they said is go back to washington and get to work. provide appropriate leadership and solve these challenges. so whether it is what is happening over in the senate or in the white house right now, i don't see the kind of leadership coming out of -- >> so back to saxby chambliss, sir, i'm not hearing praise. am i to read between the lines in what you're not saying is what you're saying? >> no, look, this takes two to tango. and we don't have the other side tangoing. you can't dance by yourself. when you do, it doesn't work. doesn't look very pretty. we need the administration to engage in a positive way, not a negative the way they are now. >> will you mount a primary chall
Dec 9, 2012 4:00am PST
the re-elected senator of west virginia. >> i understand they took five, six different tape takes to ge act outrageously. >> reporter: he's steaming. >> manchin is so angry he fired off a letter to mtv defending the dignity of his state, calling for changes. something that chris christie tried in new jersey. >> positive for new jersey or negative. >> negative for new jersey. >> these kids from grown up in the hills of west virginia. they live life loud and proud and we follow that adventure. >> shame says the senator from west virginia. >> is that what we're trying to promote for the sack of the almigh almigh almigh almighty dollar? >> mtv hasn't comment tond letter from senator joe manchin. there's a report that mtv has another show in the works following young people in washington heights, a neighbor in upper manhattan, so maybe the senator's going to be joined by michael bloomberg in opposing some of these mtv shows. >> americans love reality tv. >> they do. interesting to see how many politicians mtv can anger. >>> coming up on "good morning america" -- what happened when this littl
Dec 9, 2012 7:00am PST
. joe manchin the re-elected senator of west virginia. >> i understand they took five, six different takes to get them act outrageously. to get it really sensational. >> reporter: he's steaming. >> what i saw is not what i see in everyday life in west virginia. >> reporter: manchin is so angry he fired off a letter to mtv defending the dignity of his state, calling for changes, something that chris christie tried in new jersey. >> "jersey shore," positive for new jersey or negative? >> negative for new jersey. >> reporter: mtv nothing but support for "buckwild." >> these kids from grown up in the hills of west virginia. they live life loud and proud and we follow that adventure. >> reporter: shame says the senator from west virginia. >> is this what we're trying to promote for the sake of the almighty dollar? for the sake of tv ratings? is this what you want to say that we should be looking up to? you want your children to be watching this at night? >> reporter: mtv hasn't commented on the letter from senator joe manchin. but so much the heat might be coming off west virginia. there'
Dec 8, 2012 4:00am PST
. with an election win at his back, the white house says the president won't budge on two points. higher tax rates for the rich. the actual rate might be negotiable. and any deal has to include an increase in the debt limit, which is set to hit its ceiling in february. but one mistake the president won't make in the talks, is the one he made a year and a half ago in negotiations with boehner. he didn't keep leaders in the house and senate in the loop. this time, he did. even though nancy pelosi is not at the table, she says she's on the team. >> the president knows our views. he shares our values. >> reporter: what i'm hearing from administration sources is they want republicans to agree to some of that rate increase for the wealthy in taxes. and the debt ceiling. then, the white house will start talking about how we're going to cut entitlement programs. that's not the way the republicans want the negotiations to go. but basically, the white house is saying, listen, do this and we'll go forward. >> a tough game of political chicken right now. >> bill clinton called it kabuki theater. david kerley,